The Rural World of Medieval Business (Lecture 2)

The Rural World of Medieval Business (Lecture 2) - T he Ru...

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The Rural World of Medieval Business Agricultural products had the most monetary value and most volume of production Agricultural production involved the largest number of people Manorialism (Manorial System) A series of economic and social relationships binding lords and peasants to the land and to one another (Similar to Seigneurialism) What is a Manor? A legal and administrative unit Consisted of land, buildings, peasants and a lord (peasants=serfs/tenant farmers) Legally each manor was divided into 3 portions: Lords Demesne, Peasant Holdings, and Common Lands 1. The Lord’s Demesne Included 25% of all the arable land Included The Manor house (where the lord lived) Also gardens, stables and workshops and often the manor house was fortified Lords Responsibilities to Peasants Provided defense and administered justice Allowed peasants to use portion of manors lands Sometimes provided animals and ploughs Manor Lords = Aristocrats and Institutions No matter who owned them manor house were a reliable source of income in
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2011 for the course MOS 1803 taught by Professor Gogan during the Spring '10 term at UWO.

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